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SewRavishing
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Date: 2/20/12 2:11 PM

So I am ready to upgrade from a pretty basic Janome that was passed down to me about 6 years ago. I'm on a fairly small budget when it comes to a Bernina but that is really what I am looking for.

I have found a few older style machines on ebay that are in my budget but should I avoid certain models or is there anything you recommend?
I would prefer something computerized that has quite a few decorative stitches but don't necessarily need an embroidery machine (although that would add some fun and flair!).

I do clothing alterations as a side business and I also make baby blankets, diaper bags and that sort of thing. I also want to get into quilting as I have made a few small ones for my kids.


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Date: 2/20/12 4:29 PM

If we could have a number on your budget range we could make more helpful suggestions.

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Date: 2/20/12 5:08 PM

It's hard to recommend anything without a budget. But just going by your needs, a 430 or 440 would be an excellent choice for you. They are discontinued recently. You maybe able to find one at your dealers, as a trade in. I think because you want to make quilts and diaper bags, a full size machine would be better then a 3/4 size, like a 230 or 240. Though they would also be good choices if you can do with a smaller machine.

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Date: 2/20/12 7:38 PM

If you have your heart set on a Bernina and I believe you do, you need to know even the older used ones will cost you. Bernina is a quality machine, so they will will be expensive. What is a "fairly small budget for a Bernina" for you?

I spent a lot on a new one, I as I Knew I wanted a Bernina and nothing else would do for me. It took a lot of research, a lot of time talking to my PR friends and emailing and visiting dealers.

If you can find a good used one, buy it. They are not easy to find in certain parts of the country. For some reason, most sewers will NOT part with their Berninas. They would give their children away before their Nina's.

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Date: 2/20/12 8:12 PM

Well I was hoping to keep it under about $1000 but could probably spend up to to $1500. I am really interested in the 430 or 440 but they seem to be out of my price range even used. I just wasn't sure if it was possible to get a good Bernina for that price other than a basic machine.

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Date: 2/20/12 8:25 PM

I think that with some patience and careful shopping, you could find a used 430 or even 440 for under $1500. Join SewItsForSale, the yahoo group (free), and start looking. I bought my 440 used, 2.5 years old, for $1900, from a dealer, with a one year warranty. I've heard of the 430 new, on sale for less than $1500.

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Date: 2/20/12 10:05 PM

Thanks! I will try out that group. I have already checked out craigslist in my area and ebay. Hopefully that group will give me some more options.

And yes, I really do have my heart set on a Bernina. My previous job was at an alteration shop and we had a couple Berninas and I love them! Of course, when the owner retired she kept them and let me have the old Janome and serger

Does anyone have any thoughts on the Artista 180? I have found quite a few under my spending limit but didn't know if they were not very good or just outdated embroidery software.
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Date: 2/20/12 10:45 PM

SewRavishing,
Another thought is going with a special 0% interest through Bernina. They often run 24, 36 and once in a while 48 month loans of this kind. This how I bought my 635 last year. I put down what was avaiable and took the rest on a 24 month
0%financing. Just a thought.

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Date: 2/21/12 4:03 PM

Thar would be great but I can't afford a monthly payment. :-( I will probably buy something a little cheaper for now and upgrade in year or two.

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Date: 2/21/12 5:51 PM

I recommend a well-cared for Bernina 1230. Best machine ever in the non-embroidery era!

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